Global meltdown triggered off by the
financial crisis in the West, collapse of major stock markets, unresolved
conflicts in the Middle East, oil imbroglio----- a scenario seemingly
turning worse day by day seems to have failed to act as a damper on the
textile industry if one looks at the number of exhibitors – 450 Indian
& 275 foreign -- lined up to showcase their machinery and wares at the
India-ITME at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) grounds
Organised by the India International
Textile Machinery Exhibition Society (India ITME Society), the eight-day
exhibition will be staged between November 15 - 22, 2008 at the BIEC complex
at Dasanapura Hobli, 10 km from Bangalore. International and Indian textile
machinery majors will make use of the 40,000 sq m exhibition space spread
across the three halls of BIEC to display their new technology products and
engineering components covering the entire gamut of textile processing
activity from pre-spinning, spinning, weaving, knitting, processing, testing
and textile finishing lines besides nonwoven textile machinery.
Mr C V Radhakrishnan, director of India-ITME
himself says, "This event may not be as eventful as the previous
one, due to global crisis." "But many companies have gone for
modernisation, and therefore are bound to visit the exhibition to source
machinery for the needs. In addition, we have done successful road shows in
Thailand, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. Along with some positive reports have
come from Pakistan. Overall, there will be some fruitful visits from these
countries since these nations have not been much affected by the global
Bangalore is hosting this mega event for
the first time. Despite the initial hiccups & doubts over the change in
the venue for India-ITME (from the famed, but little-liked Bombay Exhibition
Centre to the Bangalore grounds), the industry has by and large kept mum and
settled and now only eager to see the outcome of the exhibition, which
matters most now. The foreign exhibitors particularly are overenthusiastic
and place more importance on the Indian market than the Chinese market at
present as the latter has become a little laggard with the country rulers
tightening their grip on the labour laws and the finances turning a bit
sticky. China's growth, which awed many, has slowed down considerably, and
most of the giants of textile machinery from Europe, who have waltzed with
the Red Dragon set up big bases, are digging deeper into their conscience
for reasons to justify their action.
“India is still largely a closed
economy. It has strong internal growth dynamics from rapid productive growth
and from its process of integration into the global economy that is still
continuing", says the World Economic Outlook (WEO) released recently by
the IMF, India is likely to register a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth
of 7.9 per cent in 2008 - 09, which may slip to 6.9 per cent in 2009 - 10.
But the resilience of the textile industry is certainly something to be
admired at and the country is definitely a powerhouse of textiles and has
the sustainability and endurance, which are lacking in many other countries,
say pundits of economy.
Some of the big
companies in textile machinery from abroad are highly optimistic about the
Indian market. Says top brass form Marzoli, which has tasted a lot of
success in India: "Marzoli considers the Indian market one of the most
important and wants to give a mayor support to her Indian clients. In fact,
Marzoli, during the last year, has expanded its service in the Indian market
that can now count on an efficient structure with offices both in the north,
in New Delhi and Mumbai, and in the south, in Madras and Coimbatore, where
seven sales managers and ten service technicians trained at the Italian
Marzoli headquarters are operational to serve the entire Indian territories.
Thus, Marzoli's strength is in industrial engeneering and research design,
internal production, testing new technology and old traditions quality: Her
absolute and total commitment, from 150 years of history, to the future of
Launched successfully at ITMA Munich,
Marzoli's new comber C600N, was so well received at ITMA Asia in Shanghai,
as another confirmation that Marzoli is fulfilling all investors
expectations. Like Marzoli, many companies are introducing in India the
machines that they launched in ITMA Asia+CITME held recently in Shanghai or
in the last year's ITMA Munich.
Another case in point is Picanol. In
view of the recent positive developments and the expected growth of the
market, Picanol has set up, beginning this year, its own organisation in
India: Picanol India Private Ltd, with offices in Delhi, Mumbai and
Coimbatore. The aim is to serve the textile world even better through direct
contact in sales and services. Also the engagement with no less than 6
machines in the ITME fair is to be seen in the same context. Picanol will
display four high-tech weaving machines on its booth. In addition to these
four looms, one Picanol Jacquard air-jet weaving machine will be on display
on the Stäubli booth, and another Picanol OptiMax rapier will be on display
at the Van de Wiele booth.
On the other side of the spectrum, even
little-known companies like Dokaksam of Turkey are presenting their products
for the Indian market hoping to do some business deals following drying up
of the markets in the west. Spain is participating with 9 companies
representing some major sectors of textile machinery.
French textile machinery manufacturers are gearing up to welcome their
customers and potential customers at the INDIA-ITME. “They are not just
participating in this show but have a long term approach of this strategic
market” says Ms Evelyne Cholet, the secretary general of their
association, UCMTF. In 2007, for example, with the support of the Indian
Textile Associations like the Textile Association of India (TAI) and the
Federation of All India Textile Manufacturers Associations (FAITMA), UCMTF
organised two very successful seminars in New Delhi (Hyatt Regency) and
Mumbai (The Leela) during which six workshops analysed the market trends,
the business opportunities and offered technical solutions for enhancing the
competitiveness of the Indian textile industry. Evelyne Cholet adds “At
INDIA-ITME 2008 the Indian textile producers will have one more opportunity
to discover the state of the art French offer, it is a major one as France
is the 5th exporter of textile machinery worldwide with total exports of
more than US$ 1 billion.”
There are a few new entrants too. Take
for instance the Chennai-based Tensor Consulting Engineers. Says S N Barathi,
managing director of tensor: "As a new entrant in the field of
humidification plants and waste evacuation system we are looking forward for
an exponential growth of our business after INDIA-ITME 2008. We strongly
opine that as our product is energy efficient compared with other leading
players in the market; it will draw the attention of many mills, as energy
savings is the need of the hour. Presently many mills are affected due acute
power shortage especially in south India. Our energy efficient product lines
will be very useful to diffuse the power crisis to some extent.........As
the cotton price is reducing, the textile mills will have an accelerated
growth once the power situation improves."
Says D H Shah of Sabar Machine Tools
Mfg Co, Ahmedabad: “SABAR” will participate in INDIA ITME ’08 under
stand # 115 & we would like to introduce our company as a leading &
largest manufacturer of spinning room roll shop machinery. Please be note
that currently textile industry is facing lots of financial crisis &
particularly machine manufacturers are facing problem of input materials
cost & at the same time competitive rate of selling, which creates
adverse position of all manufacturers. The Bangalore city is geographically
not in the centre of our country due to which cost of transportation &
cost of living compared to Mumbai & Delhi will be very high. The general
opinion of Bangalore city seems to be not neutral city like Mumbai &
Delhi. It represents southern part of India."
Among the other Indian exhibitors, Mr
Manoj Patel of Tech Mech Engineers says: "We believe; “Quality speaks
itself” The exhibition provides best platform to both, buyer & seller
in exchanging ideas & comparing new technology. Our aim to participate
in INDIA-ITME exhibition is, to explore the viability to boost up our
product by displaying it and giving an idea of modern technology in weaving
segment for good warping with latest technology. We are confident &
envisage good volume of business in overseas market because umpteen numbers
of visitors are expected."
India ITME Society organises the India
ITME exhibition series once in four years since 1980. The last exhibition
was held in 2004 at Mumbai, which attracted 748 exhibitors including 313
from foreign countries. It is the largest textile machinery exhibition of
its kind in India and is being organised on similar lines as that of ITMA
(Europe), ATME (USA) AND CITME (China). It mirrors the technological
progress achieved in the machinery field and provide a platform for the
international exchange of products and ideas. The exhibition attracts major
textile engineering units of the world and is a showcase of the latest
products and technology.
The best international show
“For Ashton, India-ITME is an important exhibition particularly to
interact with Indian customers who cannot travel abroad. Our company has
been exhibiting in ITME from its inception and has helped us greatly to show
our products & build our brand image.
India ITME has come a long way and now
comes at par with the best international shows in terms of exhibitors and
Ashton, New Delhi.
The future of industry looking good
"This premium event is happening in India at the right time. The
future of the industry is looking good, and we are excited to be a part of
this growth. Despite, seasonal fluctuations and the international financial
disturbances, the long-term outlook of the industry is strong. ELGI, with
its strong and proven product range is well poised to serve this growing
industry. Energy efficient products offered by ELGI would help the textile
industry in reigning in the increasing power cost."
Raghavan Neelakantan, Sr
Latest development in energy saving machines
"With a strong market share in India, A Monforts Textilmaschinen -
Germany will present jointly with its powerful partner, ATE Marketing
Enterprises Private Limited - during INDIA ITME in Hall 1, Booth A110 –
the latest developments in energy saving machines for first class dyeing and
finishing of woven and knitted fabrics as well as special ranges for
finishing denim fabrics.
Special highlights will also be the new
Montex TT stenter for finishing technical textiles -including coating- with
its unique 4metre treatment chamber with optimum accessibility and
absolutely homogeneous and even air distribution.
All Monforts thermo treatment ranges are
equipped with heat recovery attachments for lowest energy consumption and
‘Online-assistance’ - Teleservice via internet for highest availability,
software update facilities and shortest response times in case of service
support required. The new Thermex hotflues are a symbol for world leading
continuous dyeing ranges utilising energy saving technology for
environmental friendly production processes. The latest Monfortex
sanforisors achieve lowest shrinkage factors with excellent look and feel of
Wolfgang Kaphahn, Managing Director
A Monforts Textilmaschinen, Germany
India for us is first country in number of machines sold
"LORIS BELLINI is a worldwide recognised top quality yarn dyeing
machines specialist, with modern facilities in Italy, where the whole
production range is manufactured, with the best European materials and
components. India has been for us in 2008 the first Country per turnover and
number of machines sold and installed; for this reason we had no doubts
about participation in India-ITME. We are convinced that, specially in this
moment of generally negative conjuncture, QUALITY + SAVINGS, which are our
karma, are the only ways to get the added-value, which sole allow our
Customer to compete and develop in the market. Our successes testify that,
with special machines, is possible and easy to produce special yarns, with
economic-ecological processes. Versatility (from Cashmere to Polyester) and
flexibility in capacity, allowed by LORIS BELINI dyeing systems, are the
keys to successfully enter the most difficult and profitable segments
(fine-shirting, automotive, silk, cashmere, …)."
Loris Bellini Spa, Italy.
The crisis a temporary situation
"Our Company MECHANO (INDIA), established in 1964 is engaged in
marketing high quality weaving spares for Sulzer, Dornier, Repair &
although the current textile market is passing through worst phase at the
moment. The financial crisis throughout the world market is additional
problem at the moment.
However it seems to be a temporary phase
& the situation will improve in near future. We are expecting good
business in days to come as more & high-speed shuttleless looms are
coming in Indian market.
As per the recent trend the Indian
market will become the main textile hub in world market. Overseas buyers are
more concentrating on Indian products due to better quality &
competitive prices. So ITME is the best place to come more closer to local
as well as international buyers."
We find hopes in sluggish economy too
"In this sluggish economy also, we can find future prospective of
Indian textile industry. Labour, Power, Raw Material and Automated Cost
Effective Quality Machines will play an important role for cost competitive
product. Shortage of Trained Labour will be one of the main obstacles if
Human Resources are not utilised properly.
We too joined in this competitive world
and made ourselves ready to deliver Cost-Effective, Very Flexible and
quality Spinning Machinery with maximum possible automation to reduce
dependency on human. So, our valued clients are always step ahead of their
Thanks to SUPER, PRECOT & PREMIER
GROUP of Coimbatore, NAHAR & Vardhaman GROUP, ALOK INDUSTRIES, ZENITH
SPINNERS and all other valued clients who have entrusted their faith on us.
‘PERFECT’ will display Innovative Carding Machine, Fully Automatic Cot
Grinding Machine which enhance life of cots by 50% and grind up to
550-Cots/Hr, 60”-Flat Mounting machine and Electronic Measuring System of
Perfect Equipments P Ltd.
Textile industry in an anxious state
"The Indian textile industry is more or less in an anxious state at
present. Partly because of global slowdown and rest due to non-competence in
technology upgradation the Indian textile industry in general is losing
against other countries (China, Pakistan, Bangladesh) in race for success.
Since textiles is a heavy capital intensive industry in terms of machinery,
labour, power as well as land, it is viable only if all four is available
cheap and because of non-availability of these factors, textiles
manufacturing slowly vanished from the western countries and it is
developing in Asia.
India-ITME 2008 @ Bangalore might prove
to be a ray of hope for the struggling industry and we might see good
results soon if not in near future. The exhibitors profile looks impressive
and we hope for the visitors profile to be at par. Lot of debate is being
done on the selection of the venue but quality customers/visitors will come
at any place given the reputation of the India-ITME Society."
Mittal Patel, Director
India a dynamic market for spinning industry
"India is without any doubt the most important and dynamic market
for the spinning industry worldwide. The present depressed economic
conditions do not
change SUESSEN’s basic assessment of the Indian market one jota! We are
convinced that the fundamentals are right, and that the market will
re-emerge still stronger.
Consequently we consider the Indian ITME
in Bangalore the most important show of 2008. SUESSEN’s main product for
the Indian market is EliTe®- and EliTwist®Compact Spinning. Thanks to our
visionary and entrepreneurial mill owners and their knowledgeable technical
staff, we have sold over 13,00,000 EliTe®/EliTwist® spinning positions to
the Indian market making SUESSEN the undisputed market leader in compact
spinning in India. We will show EliTe®/EliTwist® on a running machine on
Nobody has any experience with a major textile show in Bangalore. We are
confident that it will be well organised, and we hope that many of our
customers will find their way to INDIA-ITME and to our booth."
Peter Stahlecker, MD
Hopes for a revival before year-end
"Our company has participated in ITME 2004 in Mumbai. It has
benefited us to reach our products globally. So we are participating again
in ITME-2008 at Bangalore.
ITME exhibitions have lot of potential
for growth of products and to link business globally. At present, textile
scenario is going at a slow pace. There is recession in textile industry.
Hoping that textile will once again revive before this year end."
Rahul A Shah
For Sumanlal J Shah & Co
India-ITME has grown in stature
"This international textile machinery exhibition that is being held
every 4th year, in India, is gaining in its popularity and purpose. I cannot
help being a bit
nostalgic, as I still vividly remember the first exhibition that was held in
1980, in a make-shift arrangement at Bandra reclamation ground, Mumbai.
With passage of time the exhibition has
grown in its stature and spread. From regional, it has become international.
We are upbeat about participation in the exhibition to showcase new
development at TRUETZSCHLER, who is the leader in Bale to Sliver technology.
TRUETZSCHLER cards are pioneer in their design, application and user
friendliness. The new Comber is also among the latest in application and
engineering, which finds a place of pride among TRUETZSCHLER line of
It is true that the textile industry is
at present passing through a tough time. The industry being cyclical, in
nature, one tends to believe that this downturn is not permanent. This
present state has been created because of negative impact of all inputs that
have happened simultaneously.
So long as the civilisation exists and
population increases, textile industry will remain in low cost countries,
may be in different shape and size."
Pratap Sarma, Vice President-Mktg
Trumac Engineering Co Pvt Ltd
Textile industry will see higher technology
"The 8th India International Textile Machinery Exhibition (INDIA-ITME
2008) is to be held from 15th to 22nd November 2008 at the Bangalore
International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), India. The exhibition will give an
opportunity to the participants and business visitors to access the new
technology and developments in textile production and operations.
The Bangalore Exhibition Complex is
state-of-the-art centre with modern facilities to display textile machines
and accessories. We have decided to shift the show to Bangalore for the
better convenience of all concerned.
The textile industry has shown buoyancy
in the last three years. The world capacity of spindleage, O E Rotors,
shuttleless looms, shuttle looms and finishing has grown enormously. The
industry has gravitated towards the southern hemisphere and the leading
producers are located in China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia,
Thailand, Bangladesh and so on.
The textile industry will see higher
technology, speed and better quality in its production operations in the
years ahead. INDIA-ITME 2008 aims to promote the latest technology and
improvements in production for a brighter tomorrow."
India ITME Society.